Gene Cretz

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Gene Cretz
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22nd United States Ambassador to Ghana
Assumed office
September 11, 2012
President Barack Obama
Preceded by Donald G. Teitelbaum
9th United States Ambassador to Libya
In office
December 17, 2008 – December 28, 2010
President George W. Bush
Barack Obama
Preceded by Joseph Palmer II
Succeeded by J. Christopher Stevens
Personal details
Born Gene Allan Cretz
(1950-04-20) April 20, 1950 (age 65)
Albany, New York, U.S.
Nationality American
Relations Married
Alma mater University of Rochester
Buffalo State College
Stony Brook University
Profession Diplomat

Gene Allan Cretz (born 1950)[1] is a career diplomat, who is the U.S. Ambassador to Ghana, after being confirmed by the U.S. Senate in August 2012. Before this, he was the first U.S. Ambassador to Libya since 1972, after being nominated in July 2007 by President Bush.[2] His nomination was confirmed by the US Senate on November 21, 2008.[3] He was sworn-in as U.S. Ambassador to Libya by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on December 17, 2008, at the State Department.[4] He arrived in Libya on December 27, 2008. Cretz speaks a number of languages, including Arabic, Dari, Urdu, and Chinese. President Barack Obama nominated him for the post to Ghana in April 2012. He was sworn-in as the U.S. Ambassador to Ghana by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on September 11, 2012.

Diplomatic postings[edit]

Gene Cretz previously served in key diplomatic posts in Israel, Egypt and Syria. In addition to these postings, he has also been stationed in Pakistan, India, China, and in Washington D.C. Cretz was Christopher Stevens' immediate predecessor as U.S. Ambassador to Libya. Prior to assuming his post in Libya, he was a Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs.[5]


Cretz was born in Albany, New York and attended Albany High School, where he taught from 1977 to 1979.[6] He received a bachelor's degree from the University of Rochester and a master's degree from Buffalo State College at Buffalo. He has a bachelor's degree in English Literature and a master's degree in Linguistics and Secondary Education.


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  2. ^ "Bush nominates ambassador to Libya". USA Today. 2007-07-11. Retrieved 2008-11-21. 
  3. ^ "US Senate Confirms Diplomat to be First US Ambassador to Libya in 36 Years". Voice of America. 2008-11-21. 
  4. ^ "Ambassador: Biography". United States Embassy in Tripoli. United States Department of State. Retrieved 2009-01-01. 
  5. ^ "Statements by Deputy Chief of Mission Gene Cretz". US embassy, Tel Aviv. Retrieved 2008-11-21. 
  6. ^ Fitzgerald, Bryan (12 April 2011). "Long journey from Albany: Gene A. Cretz rose to be U.S. ambassador to Libya". Albany Times Union. Retrieved 13 April 2011. 

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